#7 Middlebury Shuts Out UMass Boston, 5-0

Jessica Young scored twice and set up another goal as the Panthers defeated UMass Boston, 5-0.
Jessica Young scored twice and set up another goal as the Panthers defeated UMass Boston, 5-0.

Middlebury's Jessica Young recorded three points and goalie Julia Neuburger stopped all 19 shots she faced, guiding the women's hockey team to a 5-0 road victory at UMass Boston (4-8-4) on Friday afternoon. The seventh-ranked Panthers (7-3-1) are back on the ice Saturday for a road contest at 10th-ranked Endicott at 3:30 p.m.

The Panthers used their special teams to open the scoring in the initial period, getting on the scoreboard while playing shorthanded. Young carried the puck up the left wing and circled the net, before centering a pass to Maddie Winslow at the near post for a 1-0 lead with 12:17 expired. Middlebury doubled the lead in the final minute, as Haley LaFontaine wristed a shot from the top of the left circle through traffic for a two-goal lead.

Middlebury stepped up the offensive pressure in the middle stanza, outshooting the Beacons 22-5 during that time. It took until the late in the period for the Panthers to be rewarded, when Young shuffled in a rebound with her backhand at the 16:15 mark. For the second-straight period, the visitors scored in the final minute, this time Elizabeth Wulf poked in a rebound on a shot from the point by Anna Zumwinkle with 39 seconds on the clock. The goal extended Wulf's modest point streak to five games (2-4-6).

In the final period, the hosts had a quality scoring chance in the opening minutes when Alli Bianchini skated along the goal line and backhanded a shot on goal. Panther goalie Julia Neuburger held the post, making the save. Middlebury came close to adding another before the seven-minute mark, but Katherine Jackson rang a shot off the left pipe. The Panthers made 5-0 on the power play, when Young netted her team-leading ninth of the season from the right circle at the 9:52 mark for the game's final tally. Young finished with her fifth multiple-point performance of the season.

Neuburger recorded her 10th career shutout with the 19 saves, while Beacon goalie Rachel Myette made 35 stops. The Panthers held a 40-19 advantage in shots and went 1-2 on the power play and erased all three Beacon advantages, including a five-on-three for nearly a minute in the third period.